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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Mike Frye
Deborah Patterson
Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
Jesse White ...
Georgie Markham
Fay Roope ...
Tom Lorrison
Martha Lorrison
Douglas Kennedy ...
Elisabeth Fraser ...
John Indrisano ...
Johnny Terrento (as Johnny Indrisano)
Don Haggerty ...
Director Don


Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

15 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Callaway Went Thataway  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mike Frye: You know, sometimes I wonder why I keep you around.
Deborah Patterson: Maybe it's because I own 50% of the stock.
Mike Frye: That must be the reason.
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Spoofs Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »


Semper Fidelis
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the San Francisco parade
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Minor Gem That Holds Up Despite the Years
10 August 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Thanks be to TMC for rescuing this minor gem from movie oblivion. Sure, kids have long since traded cowboy idols for computer screens, but the pointed humor surrounding Hollywood's money-making machine remains as fresh and timely as ever. MacMurray and McGuire are Hollywood hustlers looking to cash in on cowboy Callaway's renewed popularity via that novel entertainment gimmick, television. Meanwhile, kids everywhere are clamoring for more of their TV idol. The trouble is the actor has long since decided he prefers a drunken stupor to riding horseback and has disappeared from public view. What to do-- the hustlers are so close to the big bucks they can almost smell easy street. In a stroke of luck, a Callaway look-a-like turns up, and they hire him as an impersonator. The trouble is he's a straight-shooter from the boondocks, can't act, and couldn't care less about the Hollywood scene. But the two M's are real Tinsel Town slickers so things begin to work out. Then, however, the real Callaway (Keel, also) shows up and the fun really starts.

Fine script from Panama and Frank. The barbs fly thick and fast, so you may need a scorecard to keep up. I love it when the stagehands and those folks who never get their names on screen show how to sabotage an arrogant movie star. Watch the flop Callaway takes executing one of those spectacular flying horse mounts. Though the humor is mainly aimed at Hollywood types and film-making generally, it's never mean-spirited, and we end up liking MacMurray even though he takes real advantage of the innocent "Stretch". Note too, the studio disclaimer at the end. That, no doubt, was to keep Hoppy happy since Cassidy's old films on TV were the movie's obvious inspiration. Being one of those kids that long-ago lined up to meet the real Hoppy, I can testify that he was stone cold sober and a nice guy, to boot. So as the disclaimer says-- the movie is intended merely in the spirit of good fun with no aspersions cast. And a lot of fun it is.

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